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Starts at: Khudi Ends at: Koto
Trek Region: Annapurna Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 27 Days Trip Grade: Extreme
Max Altitude: 7126 m / 23379 ft (Thorong La Pass) Accommodation: Camping

Himlung Himal Expedition Highlights

  • Marvel at the magnificent Annapurna peaks that surround you
  • This is the ideal summit to gain experience before attempting an 8,000m peak
  • See glaciers, and stunning mountain vistas along with remote villages with Tibetan Buddhist culture
  • Set up base camp and three high camps to summit
  • Be one of the few teams to climb this relative newcomer on the scene

Mt. Himlung at 7,126m is an option for experienced climbers who want to either climb this peak in its own right or who wish to gain further experience before tackling climbs over 8,000m. If you have Alpine PD+/ AD route experience (or have climbed Scottish Grade I/II winter routes) you will enjoy your climb on Himlung better. This is not a very technically difficult climb but it is physically demanding and takes 10 to 15 days to conquer the summit from base camp and back. The whole trip is 27 days, Kathmandu to Kathmandu, which includes 15 days for the climb.

Himlung lies in the northeast of the Annapurna range, in a secluded area of Nepal which borders with Tibet. Starting off in Manang, the trek in follows part of the Annapurna Circuit. The first two days are by road. Then from Koto we trek in for 5 days, including an acclimatization day. After breaking away from the trekking route, the landscape turns barren and other-worldly.

We set up base camp at 4,900m. The three higher camps are established at the heights of 5,450m, 6,000m and 6,350m. Mt. Himlung itself is an attractive mountain with a graceful summit shape. But that does not detract from the physically challenging aspect of the climb! A high level of fitness is required as climbing to this height places stress on the body. But with the ratio of Sherpas to clients we adopt, and with plenty of time for acclimatization built in, we are confident this is a climb you will not only achieve, but enjoy achieving.

Himlung Himal Expedition Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive)

Khudi – 2626 m / ft – 7 hrs

Day 2: Khudi to Sirung

Sirung – 1220 m / 4002 ft – 7 hrs

Day 3: Sirung to Jagat

Jagat – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani

Dharapani – 1830 m / 6003 ft – 7 hrs

Day 5: Dharapani to Koto

Koto – 2610 m / 8891 ft – 6 hrs

Day 6: Koto to Meta

Meta – 3560 m / 10826 ft – 7 hrs

Day 7: Meta to Phu

Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 7 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 2 hrs

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Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar

  • Drive time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 176 km / 109 miles

After breakfast, you will be collected by your guide and driven to the bus station to board a bus to Besisahar.  Following the Prithvi Highway down out of the Kathmandu Valley with the Trisuli River running alongside this is the road that leads to Pokhara.

Turn off the main highway well before you reach Pokhara to drive to Besisahar, which is also the main starting point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Day 2: Besisahar to Koto

  • Drive time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 65 km/ 40 miles

This morning it is a half day drive to Koto by jeep.  Situated in Manang district, Koto is mainly inhabited by Gurung and Manangi people, with their own unique culture and language. Passing forests and terraced agricultural land this area is quite green with views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal to complete the picture.

This village is the starting point for a few treks and expeditions so you will meet many other trekkers and climbers here.’

Day 3: Koto to Meta

  • Trek time: 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 14.5 km / 8.5 miles

This is quite a challenging day as you are rising almost 1,000 m in elevation.  As you leave Koto you will separate from the trekkers heading along the Annapurna Circuit and the atmosphere becomes quieter from here.  As you are entering the Nar Phu Valley, you will have your Restricted Area Permit checked before crossing the Marshyangdi River into the Valley.

Following the Nar River and the Soti Khola (also a river) you follow river gorges and over some pretty steep trails until you reach Meta.

Day 4: Meta to Chyaku

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles

Today the route takes you along  narrow paths and along the Nar Khola (river). With some loose scree underfoot, and stepping stones across streams, you need to take care on these parts of the trail. With the mountains overhead and yak pastures with grazing yaks, the scenery is quite lovely today.

Chyaku itself is a small village with basic facilities for trekkers. 

Day 5: Chyaku to Kyang

  • Trek time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 8 km / 5 miles

Today the trail becomes more challenging  now that you are at higher altitude and the terrain is getting rougher.  Follow the Nar Khola as the valley narrows, and negotiate switchback paths as you climb upwards. Be aware of the possible high winds in this area and do take short breaks as you hike.

Day 6: Kyang to Phu Gaon (village)

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 9.7 km / 6 miles

This is a glorious trek today, following the river bank and narrow valleys with the mountains overhead.  The landscape is scattered with chortens (Buddhist shrines), and prayer flags.  Phu is home to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa (monastery) and the village has a most definite Tibetan feel to it.  Many of the locals living here migrated from Tibet or are descendants from earlier migrants.  The whole village is designed in Tibetan style while the villagers themselves are mainly occupied herding yaks, blue sheep and goats.

Overhead the peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri rise above you making this both a culturally and visibly beautiful village.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day at Phu

  • Trek time: 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

Today you take an acclimatization day to get used to the high altitude, and the high altitude to come.

There is plenty of time to discover more about the history of this area on your hike to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa.  It is said that the Rimpoche here, Karma Sonam, fled from Tibet to India with the Dalai Lama in 1959 prior to his coming to Tashi Lhakhang Gompa.

Day 8: Phu Gaon to Himlung Base Camp

  • Trek time: 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House

This is an exciting day as you reach Himlung Base Camp!  Now the fun begins. Overnight at Himlung Base Camp – camping.

Day 9: Acclimatization at Base Camp

While the camping crew set up a well-established camp here which will be your base and their home for the next 10 days or so, you can acclimatize your body with some short hikes and basic exercises to get you used to the high altitude.  It is also a chance for you and the climbing guides to check equipment and discuss tactics.

Day 10 to Day 19:

The actual plan will be made by your climbing guide while you are at base camp.  In this way, he will have a better idea of weather conditions and the overall fitness level of the climbers (you!). Tentatively, our plans are as follows:

  • First rotation to Camp I and back to Base Camp.
  • Second rotation to Camp I (overnight) and to Camp II (overnight) halfway to Camp III and back to Base Camp.
  • Rest and prepare for the summit.
  • Summit push – to Camp II (overnight) to Camp III (overnight) to Summit and back to Camp II or III depending on time and weather. Descend to Base Camp.

Day 20: Base Camp to Phu Gaon

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Camping

Retrace your steps back to Phu where you can catch your breath at the lower altitude.

Day 21: Base Camp to Phu Gaon

  • Trek time: 4 to 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 5.88 km (9.8 miles)

Retrace your steps back to Phu where you can catch your breath at the lower altitude.

Day 22: Meta to Koto

  • Trek time: 7 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 14.5 km / 8.5 miles

This is the final trekking day of your expedition. You will be leaving the restricted area of the Nar Phu Valley and be back on the busier trails. 

Expect to see other trekkers in your teahouse tonight and perhaps you wish to swap stories with them.  It is time to celebrate your success with a bottle of beer or similar!

Day 23: Drive from Koto to Besisahar

  • Trek time: 3 to 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Tea House
  • Trek Distance: 180 km /112 miles

After breakfast takes a local jeep from Koto to Besisahar where you will overnight.  Doesn’t it seem loud and strange to be on the road after the silence of the mountains?

Day 24: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu

  • Trek time: 7 hours
  • Trek Distance: 176 km / 109 miles

Spend the day making your way back along the highways and into the Kathmandu Valley. An alternative is to drive the opposite direction to Pokhara.

Location of Himlung

Himlung is situated in the northeast of the Annapurna range, bordering Tibet.  The trek- takes you to the Manang district, following part of the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route, and into the beautiful Nar Phu Valley.

Best Seasons Climb Himlung

Spring and autumn are the main climbing seasons in Nepal.  The winds are less at these times of year.  Skies will be clearer resulting in outstanding views.  There is less chance of snowfall also at these times.  But we cannot predict the weather in the Himalayas.  Therefore we have contingency days ‘just in case’.

Overall for this particular climb, we recommend spring as being the best time and with better chances of summiting. 

Experience and Physical Demands of  the Himlung Expedition

The whole expedition takes more than  three weeks, with around 12 days of preparing at Base Camp and climbing.  This is not a climb for beginners. If you have Alpine PD+/ AD route experience (or have climbed Scottish Grade I/II winter routes) you will enjoy this climb confidently.

As mentioned, we expect that you have good mountaineering skills. For those with some experience, this is not an overly demanding climb, and our experienced climbing guides are there to assist as necessary. Nevertheless, you may wish to refresh yourself of these skills as there are some demanding and technical sections on the climb.

Being that Himlung is  7,126 m / 23,379 ft and that from Camp 2 you will be sleeping at altitudes over 6,000 m / 19,686 ft it would be preferable that you have experienced high altitude before.   It takes one week to trek into Base Camp.  That alone is good practice for the stress your body will undergo for the rest of the expedition, but please build on your general fitness before you come.

As an option for experienced climbers who wish to get more experience before climbing over 8,000m, this is a great mountain to practice on. 

Physical Fitness – What You Need to Know

While this is not Mount Everest, it is one of the 7-thousanders in Nepal.  That’s pretty high on the global scale!  You should be very fit and with a good level of stamina to complete this climb.

Stamina is required to complete the trek in, withstand camping at high altitude for two weeks, and then summit this awesome peak. 

We do trust that, if you are considering this climbing expedition, you do have a great level of fitness and know what you have to do to increase / build on it before you come.

Questions Answered Before You Ask Them

  • Yes, Himlung is among the 7-thousanders in Nepal. Best known not for its technical difficulty but for its remote location and stunning surrounding landscapes and scenery.
  • Yes, you will need to have previous climbing experience for this expedition.
  • Yes, our climbing guides are fully experienced.
  • Yes, it will be a fully equipped Base Camp with all the necessary facilities.
  • Yes, altitude related problems are real and are something to be aware of.  Our guides are also trained in dealing with altitude problems and our expedition takes in acclimatization days in order to mitigate the possibility of illness.  However, you should be aware that we never know who will suffer from mild to serious altitude sickness or when.
  • Yes, we are ready if you require emergency evacuation while on this trip, the guide is knowledgeable about what to do in this situation. 
  • Yes, you need insurance to cover you on this climb and it should cover helicopter evacuation should it be necessary.
  • Yes, we insure all our staff in case of accidents/ illness among them.
  • And, yes, it’s an awesome climb!

Minimum Number of Climbers 

It is normal to have a minimum of two climbers for this expedition, for logistics and to obtain the permits.  If you are alone, but very interested in doing this expedition, please talk to us about that. 


For the climbing part of the expedition, we will provide the group gear such as ropes, but you are expected to bring your climbing equipment.  Equipment is available for rent or to buy in Kathmandu and this is something we can advise you on.

Basic list of climbing equipment:  

  • Trekking equipment (per our standard list)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Climbing boots
  • Crampons
  • Climbing harness
  • Ascending device
  • Descending device
  • Ice axe
  • Carabiners
  • ·Prusik loop
  • Tape sling
  • Gloves
  • Down jackets (can be hired in Kathmandu)
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • Bring clothes that you can layer up as it will be extremely cold at higher altitudes but at lower elevations it will be warm.
  • Pack light for carrying up and down the mountain!
  • Portable solar panel (one which hooks onto your day pack) to recharge equipment.
  • Headtorch with batteries and extra batteries.
  • Medicines – any you take regularly plus items such as headache tablets, stomach tablets etc.  And a small first aid kit.
  • Four-season sleeping bag.
  • Toiletries in small, travel sized containers.
  • Snacks such as dried nuts and fruit, chocolate bars and power bars.

A Day on the Himlung Expedition

This expedition is basically broken down into two sections: when you are trekking and staying in teahouses, and when you are climbing and staying in tents.

A day on the trekking trail:

Breakfast is taken at the teahouse you slept in. Departure is usually 8am. Typically you are walking for 5 to 6 hours a day in mainly dry landscapes.  If there are any small teashops on the trail you will eat  lunch there, otherwise a packed lunch will have been arranged by the teahouse you slept in.

On arrival at your next overnight teahouse, you can relax before and during dinner in a warm dining room before heading off early to bed.

A day on the climb:

At Base Camp staff will set up the tents – sleeping, dining, kitchen and toilet tents.

On an average day the chef will be busy preparing your meals while the climbing guide will be ensuring the equipment is in good condition and that you know exactly what to expect on the climb.

If you are acclimatizing, you can explore the neighbourhood and hike around a bit (don’t forget to tell the guide if you are heading off yourself). When you are climbing you will be paying close attention to the climbing guide’s advice.

What to Expect When Camping

On this expedition you will spend the majority of the time camping.

There will be a camp at Base Camp, 4,900 m /  16,076 ft  and you will be sleeping in tents at Camp I, Camp II, and Camp III at  5,450m /  17,880 ft,  6,000 m /  19,685 ft and 6,350 m /   20,833 ft, respectively.

Facilities such as tent, sleeping mat, separate communal toilet tent, dining tent and kitchen tent are included at Base Camp. 

While at Camp I, II, and III and while making the final push for the summit, packaged ready meals will be made available to you.  Otherwise, our fantastic camping chef will prepare breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, and dinner.  Tea/ coffee and boiled drinking water are available as required.  You may want to bring some snacks from home –  a bit of comfort food.

Hot water for bucket showers is available at Base Camp[.

Menu at Camp Sites   

  • Breakfast may be porridge with freshly cooked flatbread / Nepali roti, or it may be dal bhat (that staple of Nepali diets).  
  • Lunch and dinner can be pasta, noodles, Nepali vegetable curry and rice, pizza, dal soup, etc.  
  • Snacks may consist of fried potatoes and popcorn.

We will carry some canned meat and tuna fish for protein.   If you have a particular preference, let us know and we will try to accommodate. Vegetarian food is always available.

Tea/ coffee/ hot water is unlimited at Base Camp.  There will be powdered milk and sugar for the tea/coffee.

We do not carry alcohol on an expedition as it is not recommended to drink at altitude.  We also do not carry soft drinks.  Both alcohol and soft drinks are too bulky to transport.

Dried fruit-flavored powders to add to water are available for sale in Kathmandu if you wish to purchase some.

Food at the Higher Camps

At the higher camps, the food will be reconstituted dried food / ready-to-eat meals. 

Drinking Water While Camping and in Teahouses

At the camp sites, you will be provided with boiled water for drinking.    

In teahouses, you can use the tap water only after sterilizing it with drops or tablets.  The teahouses will charge you if you order boiled drinking water from them. A Lifestraw might be handy on the trail and at Base Camp.

Teahouse Accommodation 

The area where the expedition takes place, Manaslu district and the Nar Phu Valley,  is quite remote.  Although many trekkers come along through Manaslu as part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, there are fewer going through the locations and settlements you pass through on the Himlung Expedition. 

This means that in general, the teahouses in this location are much more basic than, say, on the main Annapurna trekking routes.

Two beds (or a dormitory) are provided in the sleeping rooms.  Heating and attached bathrooms are not provided in the sleeping rooms.  Toilet facilities will be shared with other trekkers/ climbers and may be outside of the main building.  Hot showers are available, but you have to pay for them.

The dining room is the heart of the teahouses, where you can socialize as well as eat.  There will be some sort of heating there. 

Some teahouses may have WiFi access and charging points. Please note you will be expected to pay to use these.

Since you are going to be camping for a considerable time on this expedition, we do feel you will be able to cope with the basic facilities of a trekking teahouse for a few nights!

Typical Menus in Teahouses in the Himlung Area

Food is usually filling and plentiful, if the menu a little basic. Nepali, Tibetan, Chinese and a little Western food is available.  For example:-

Breakfast may consist of:

  • Porridge
  • Eggs
  • Toast
  • Tibetan bread
  • Buckwheat pancakes
  • Rice dishes
  • Noodles dishes
  • Tea/ coffee 

Dinner items may include:

  • Soup
  • Thukpa (Tibetan soup with flat noodles)
  • Nepali Dal Bhat (vegetable curry and rice)
  • Fried rice
  • Noodles
  • Momos (very popular Nepali steamed dumplings)
  • Fried momos (similar to the steamed ones but fried)


taken in a small eatery on the trail or be taken from the overnight teahouse.

Quite similar to the dinner items but with a more limited choice in some places.  If it’s a packed lunch it may be bread, boiled eggs, fried potatoes etc.


  • Tea and coffee are included in the breakfast and dinner. 
  • Nepali tea or Tibetan butter tea, when it is available, coffee. Nescafe or similar.
  • Soft drinks, beer and drinking water must be paid for directly to the teahouse.

Safety on the Trek

One of the main concerns is altitude related illness.  Science does not know why some suffer more than others.  Although we do know people like the Sherpas of the Khumbu area have – let’s call it – a gene – that enables them to live and work at high altitudes without any problem.

The rest of us need to take care to avoid altitude sickness by staying hydrated, not going too fast and taking acclimatization breaks.  By alerting your guide if you feel unwell, he can determine whether it is something related to altitude and needs to be taken very seriously, or something else.

The other safety concerns are accidents during the climb and getting lost on the mountain.

Do not go off alone.  Always tell the guide where you are going and when you expect to come back (in case you want to explore during acclimatization days). On the climb, pay close attention to the climbing guide.  You may be very experienced, but it is most likely he knows this particular mountain well.

Tips for Safety on the Expedition:

  • Do not go off on your own at the rest/ overnight stops without telling your guide.
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water per day to stay hydrated.
  • Eat – we all know you need more calories when climbing at altitude than you do sitting at home.
  • Do tell your guide if you feel unwell. Even an upset stomach can impact on the safety of the team when on the mountain. 
  • Have the correct insurance.
  • Wear the correct gear.
  • Bring your own regular medicines and a medical kit.
  • Pay attention to the guide in tricky or dangerous areas. In particular, listen to the climbing guide.

Permits You Need for the Himlung Expedition

Climbing Permit  –  a climbing permit is required for any climb in Nepal.  These are issued by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).  Cost depends on the season, the peak, and team size.

Nar Phu Valley Permit – this is required as you will be passing through this area, albeit briefly.  USD100 per person per week from September to November and USD75 per person per week from  December to August.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit – you will be within the Annapurna Conservation Area, so you require a permit for that. USD25 per person for the duration of the trek. 

Note: We will organize all the permits for you. 

Why You Need These Permits

Climbing permits: A permit is required to climb any mountain in Nepal. 

Regulating climbing activities: climbing permits are required to allow the government to regulate climbing activities and ensure no one attempts to climb unprepared.  Permits must be issued through a registered Nepali company, such as Magical Nepal.

Protect the unique environment of the mountains and helps fund conservation efforts in the region.

For your own safety  – when you apply for the permit, the route you are planning to take is noted, helping if there is any need for search and rescue.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Nar Phu Permit: The fees from these permits go towards the conservation efforts in these unique areas. 

Trip Extensions

This expedition can end either back in Kathmandu, or in Pokhara.

There are buses that run from Besisahar to Kathmandu (around 6-7 hours) or to Pokhara (around 4-5 hours).  As long as you inform us at the time of booking we can arrange for you to end your trip at either place.  Please note the guides and other team members will likely head on back to Kathmandu. 

What to do in Kathmandu: 

We can arrange sightseeing tours for you to many of the 7 UNESCO Heritage Sites and other places of interest.  Here are a few we can take you to or you can explore yourself.

  • Pashupatinath (Hindu burning ghats)
  • Boudhanath (Buddhist stupa and home to many Tibetan families)
  • Swayambhunath (Buddhist  stupa also known as the Monkey Temple)
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square (home to ancient palaces, temples and the Living Goddess)
  • Patan Durbar Square (ancient palace and temples, smaller than Kathmandu Durbar Square)
  • Shivapuri National Park (forest area just north of Kathmandu)
  • Enjoy the many splendid restaurants to be found in Kathmandu
  • Shop for souvenirs in Thamel and Durbar Marg
  • Nightlife of Thamel

What to do in Pokhara:

  • Hike to the Peace Stupa (for views of the lake)
  • Davi’s Falls (waterfall)
  • Mahendra Cave
  • International Mountain Museum (history of mountaineering)
  • Bundy jumping
  • Zip lining
  • Cable car ride (to Sarangkot for sunrise views)
  • Boating on Fewa Lake
  • Paragliding
  • Partying all night long at some great music venues and nightclubs
  • Wander along the lakeshore and dine in great restaurants

Before the Expedition

Your First Days in Nepal

If you would like us to meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your self-chosen hotel, please let us know. It will save you a lot of hassle at the airport trying to organize taxis.

Hotels in Kathmandu:

There are a wide range of hotels and hostels in Kathmandu to suit everyone.  We suggest Thamel as a great place to stay as it is the tourist hotspot with many restaurants, bars, shops etc.  You can check on booking.com and hostelworld.com for a suitable hotel.  If you would like to stay nearby Thamel, but not exactly in it, then hotels such as the Radisson, Kathmandu Marriott, and Shankar are all within about 15 minutes’ walk of Thamel. 

BTW – our office is also in Thamel.

Explore Kathmandu:

If you would like to see something of the city before (or after) your expedition, we have a half or full day tour that might suit you.  Just ask us.

Kathmandu is a very interesting city although it’s a bit of a maze if you are trying to locate places yourself.

Visa on Arrival 

Visa on arrival is available for people from most countries, via the Immigration Department of Nepal’s on-line site.   Complete the form, print it out and bring it with you.  Bring USD cash (exact money) to make payment on arrival at the airport. 

Visa on arrival is valid for 15 days, 30 days or 3 months and costs: 

  • 15 Days – 30 USD
  • 30 Days – 50 USD
  • 90 Days – 125 USD

Landscape, Culture and Wildlife You Will Experience on This Expedition

Landscapes: Leaving Kathmandu, you follow the Trisuli River until the turn off point to Besisahar. Once you start trekking the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges are above and around you, playing hide and seek as you pass through pine forests and along the Marsyangdi River.

There is plenty of evidence of Buddhist culture in this area.  Chortens, distant monasteries, and old ruined forts tell of a great history between Nepal and Tibet. 

Himlung itself is a beautiful mountain with vistas of surrounding peaks and glaciers.

Peoples:  In this area the people are mainly followers of Tibetan Buddhism.  There are remains of old Khampa forts and settlements which are testimony to people having come over from Kham in Tibet many centuries ago.  There is ancient and more recent history of trade along this salt route between Tibet, India and Nepal.

Wildlife: You might see small mammals  such as Himalayan Tahr (a wild goat), goral (another type of wild goat), pika (a rabbit like rodent), and Himalayan marmots as well as domesticated yaks and sheep.  Although there are larger mammals such as the wonderful snow leopard, it is highly unlikely to see these elusive creatures.   

Expenses You Should Calculate For

For clients on a regular trekking trip, we advise them to bring a certain amount of local currency to spend in the teahouses, on the trail, and for any souvenirs they might find in the larger market towns. 

Not so for this climbing expedition.  Good luck finding an electrical charging port or someone selling handicrafts on the mountain!

But seriously, do bring a few rupees for those days you will be staying in teahouses as they charge for hot showers, charging equipment, and for WiFi access.  Plus, any soft or hard drinks, you consume.  Maybe bring around USD 12 a day on those days.

Tipping the guide and porters is also something you need to carry money for.  Although you can carry foreign currency for that purpose.

What is Included and Not Included in the Cost of Your Expedition

Transport: Road transport from Kathmandu to the start of the expedition, and return.  This is most likely public transport.  Private jeeps can be hired, which may be a bit more comfortable, but you would need to divide the cost of that between climbers. Please discuss this with us

Climbing gear:   We will supply the basic group gear such as ropes.  It is expected that you will bring your climbing gear.  Should you not have your equipment, it can be hired when you arrive in Kathmandu.  Please discuss this with us. 

Accommodation: Tented accommodation is provided where indicated, and teahouse accommodation is also provided where indicated. In Kathmandu, we provide a hotel the night before the expedition, and the night after. 

Food: When you are camping you will get breakfast, lunch, dinner,  and afternoon snacks made by our chef.  In teahouses you will get dinner and breakfast in the teahouse.  Also included is lunch. Lunch may be a packed lunch or from a smaller establishment on the trail. Soft drinks etc that you purchase are to be paid by yourself.   

Tips: Tips for your guides and porters are not included in the trek.  Tips can be in Nepali rupees or other currencies.


Porters are hired to carry the camping equipment, they will also carry your gear.  Please keep your packs to the minimum weight so that it is not too much of a burden for them. 

Tipping the Guide and Porter

Porters will be hired to carry the camping and climbing equipment and as you can imagine, this is extremely hard work at these altitudes!   Your guide and/or  climbing guide are there to keep you safe and secure as well as fixing the ropes etc. Please show your appreciation for your porters and guides by tipping them.

Don’t forget the chef, without whom we would soon turn round and head for the nearest café!  100% of your tips go to the staff.  We do not deduct anything from these hard working, deserving people.

We suggest the following tips:

The guide /  climbing guide is usually tipped around $250 – $300 on this type of expedition.   This is divided by the number of climbers on the expedition. On top of this, the climbing guide normally receives a summit bonus from us directly. Extra incentive to give you the best climbing experience possible!

Porters should be tipped US150 each, divided by the number of climbers.

The chef should be tipped around US200, again divided by the number of clients on the expedition. 

Being generous is always appreciated, especially by the porters, whose work is more seasonal. If you are sharing a porter with another trekker, obviously that amount will be shared between the two of you. Do remember you are also helping to support the staff’s families and communities, particularly the porters who are usually from the area they are working in.  In this case, Manang.

Communication on the Expedition

While on the mountain, it is unlikely there will be any signal for phone or internet. 

In order to charge your equipment, we suggest you bring a portable solar panel. 

There will be WiFi and  electricity for charging in most of the teahouses you stay in. You will be expected to pay for that (around USD2-5 per time).

Why Book with Magical Nepal

Diversity – Equality – Inclusion: Keys to a Great Experience

We at Magical Nepal are a team of highly trained travel enthusiasts.  

We started Magical Nepal in 2017 and pride ourselves in growing a great team. From our climbing guides, trek guides, and liaison staff to our camp staff, porters and camp chef, we all love to explore and travel in the Nepal Himalayas. We also love to introduce foreign clients to our beautiful country and mountains.

We are committed to human dignity, security, and safety for all – from our clients to the communities we visit.  We are also committed to the environmental sustainability of the landscapes, flora and fauna of the Himalayas.

Please check the reviews from our past clients to see for yourself.

We also pride ourselves on offering great value for money and a price guarantee – if you can find the same trek at a lower price, we will match it – guaranteed.

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